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Industry News Chilina Kennedy, Jenna Ushkowitz, and More Join 29th Annual NAMT Additional casting has been announced for the industry festival of new musicals.
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Additional casting has been announced for The National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s 29th annual festival of new musicals. Among the new cast members are Broadway actors Danielle Lee Greaves (A Streetcar Named Desire), Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful), Janine LaManna (The Drowsy Chaperone), Chris McCarrell (Les Misérables), Kevyn Morrow (Bandstand), John Rubinstein (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Hannah Shankman (Side Show), Jenna Ushkowitz (Waitress), and NaTasha Yvette Williams (A Night with Janis Joplin).

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They join the previously announced Ciara Renée, George Salazar, Adam Chanler-Berat, Will Roland, and more. NAMT will kick off October 18 with the return of its concert show, The 46th Minute, and will run October 19–20 at New World Stages.


The industry-only event will showcase eight new musicals, selected out of 240 blind submissions, with a roster of songwriters, book writers, and lyricists that includes David Darrow, Daniel Zaitchik, Niko Tsakalakos, Imani Uzuri, Oran Eldor, and more.

Every year, the industry-only event presents new works in development to producers and artists from around the world. Musicals at the festival are presented in 45-minute concert presentations over two days.

Additional casting also includes English Bernhardt (If/Then), Melody Betts (The Sound of Music), Cat Brindisi (South Pacific), Brennan James Caldwell (Baghdaddy), Lincoln Clauss (Burn All Night), Jon-Viktor Corpuz (The King and I), Laura Dadap (Voca People), Rachel De Benedet (Catch Me if You Can), Trista Dollison (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Alphonse Gonzales, Alan H. Green (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Mallory Hawks (Suessical), John Hillner (La Cage aux Folles), Bre Jackson (The Color Purple), Emily Jenda (The Book of Mormon), Taylor Iman Jones (Groundhog Day), Esco Jouléy (The Demise), Nikko Kimzin (West Side Story), Andrew Kober (Sunday in the Park with George), Samia Mounts, Mike Nappi (The Wildest, Chicago), Larry Owens (Spamilton), Isabella Russo (The School of Rock- The Musical), Jennifer Sanchez (Sunday in the Park with George), Ian Saraceni (The King and I), Iris Sharp, Antoine L. Smith (Miss Saigon, The Color Purple), Shelley Thomas (Brooklyn), David Shih (KPOP), Ryan Vona (Paramour), Akron Watson (The Play That Goes Wrong, The Color Purple), Max Wilcox (Gigantic), and Kevin Zak (Clinton The Musical).

From musicals with mythical proportions to tales inspired by real-life events, visit for the complete festival lineup.

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